Over 50s in Irvine can get some physical and social exercise as line dancing classes come to town.

Organised by the Hope project by CLASP [Community Led Action and Support Project], the classes are taking place in Towerlands Community Centre every Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Classes are held by Jim and Ann from LeROC Ayrshire and are helping get reduce loneliness and isolation in over 50s throughout North Ayrshire.

Activities coordinator Nicola Pitt said: “They make a real effort to take their time with the instruction and the feedback from the dancers is very positive.

“There are not many dance classes at the moment that can afford to take the time to teach in this way and it has been very beneficial.

“As it has been so successful, we wanted to take that success out to other areas of North Ayrshire that could also benefit and have started a new class in Towerlands community centre in Bourtreehill.”

The classes aim to make attendees more confident and realise their potential as well as improve their physical health.

Each session has a structured break at the halfway mark where dancers can chat and catch up so they can build friendships and restart old connections.

She added: “Line dancing is a physical exercise, but it also trains the memory and helps build up stamina and most importantly it is very social.

“Friends are being made and reconnected in some cases from over 50s residents across the whole county.”

Classes are also being held in Stevenston’s High Kirk Hall on Tuesdays between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Each class costs £4 to attend with the cost including a tea and coffee during the break.

Attendees can simply show up and pay at the door and those looking for more info can call Nicola on 01294 602711 where they should press option 2.